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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 32 NUMBER 9
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. SEPTEMBER 13
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
“What I Did on My Summer Vacation”
Join us on September 13 for a special Round-RobinStyle-Meeting which will feature YOU – our club
members – telling about your summer treasure hunting
adventures and vacations. Many of us have traveled far
and wide this summer and some have taken shorter road
trips. Most of us brought along our detectors and have
created some fun detecting memories. This month we ask
those who wish to share their stories to feel free to bring
pictures, their finds and their stories. Some of those
travelers who will share tales about their adventures
include: John Lobota, Ken Lubinski, Ernie Bouyoucas
and Stacey deLucia. All are welcome to participate in this
interesting “show and tell,” even if they don’t have much
to show. To allow everyone a chance to speak, we will
want to keep presentations brief, but fun. Thank you in
advance to Frank Nash for offering to bring September
Refreshments and to Nikolay Malchev for providing the
Mystery Prize Stumper.
JOIN US FOR SOME PRE-MEETING FUN!
Each month, a group of us gather for dinner at 5:30
p.m. before the meeting. Everyone is welcome! Join us in
the back room of PA BBQ. Dinner is Dutch Treat,
meaning, we each pay our own way. (For directions,
please check a prior newsletter.)
Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Please remember to return any library books or
videos that you checked out last month so that
others can enjoy them. Thank you!
Ben Smith and Karen Larson will be hosting the next
club hunt on September 8 at Jupiter Beach. The hunt will
start promptly at 8:00 a.m. Be parked and ready to hunt
by 7:45 a.m. This is a FREE (No Fee) hunt. There will be
nice prizes and surprises. Coins and other items will be
planted less than 2 inches deep. Prizes will be awarded for
certain items, so dig everything! Water, shade (a canopy)
and a few chairs will be on the hunt field. NO baskets
allowed! If you did not sign up for this planted hunt, you
need to RSVP to Ben 775-3481 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org Hope you can all make it!
Directions to Jupiter Beach:
I-95 or the Turnpike to Indiantown Road exit in Jupiter.
Go East on Indiantown Road to A1A. At A1A, turn north.
Make the first right turn which is Jupiter Beach Road.
Follow the road into the park and then look for the club
TALL TALES TABLES TOTALS FOR 2007
AS OF AUGUST 2007
DOLLAR AMOUNT: $3,709.22
CLUB ITEMS FOR SALE
Pens with Club Name: $3.00
Club Towels: $3.00
Club Patches: $5.00
GCTC Travel Cups: $8.00
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Asst. Huntmaster: Richard Zabriskie
Sales and Raffle Promoter
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Betty Laur
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Membership: John Lobota and Jim Sharp
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461
Dues are $30 a year
New members pay an
initiation fee of $5
and $30 if joining between Jan 1st
and the end of June
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
KEVIN REILLY offers a complete line of new and used
detectors and also scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books.
He also does custom metal working and laser detailing (call
for details). 954-971-6102 or www.rtgstore.com
Has low prices plus 10% discount to members.
The new five sided scoops are now available. See my
website. For member discount, you will have to go to the
store to buy the scoop.
TOM LIEBERMAN: Ready to serve your real estate
needs. Call 561-852-7409 or email: email@example.com
ED WESTON - WANTED: Collectable and antique
fishing tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
PAULINE NASH - Farm fresh free ranging eggs for sale
$5 for two dozen. All money goes to Pauline's bank
account for her “Eggucation Fund.” Also available is a
limited supply of fresh organic honey starting at $3 a bottle
to $11 for largest size. Reserve your order for each meeting
by calling 561-743-5248.
NIKOLAY MALCHEV – FOR SALE: Brand New in
the box Fisher 1280-X Aquanaut turn-on-and-go detector
with 10" coil. Waterproof to 250 feet! Saltwater, fresh, or
land. Just won at Daytona GSBS. Two year Warranty.
Great deal for only $450! Call Nikolay at 561-309-1124.
JERRY LAUR – FOR SALE: Tesoro Cibola, 6
months new, $285. Call Jerry at 561-694-7963.
LOST – REWARD OFFERED: Looking for a silver
wedding band with initials “From AF to ” lost in the
water at Delray Beach – High Tide in 3 to 4 feet of
water approximately 300 feet South of Boston’s
Restaurant located at the corner of Atlantic Avenue
and A1A. A reward is offered – contact Jan
Smirnow at 561- 735-8921.
WANTED: Handyman needed - easy-to-install
hurricane panels for sliding glass door. Contact Stacey
deLucia at 561-687-2310 or sdeLuc823@aol.com .
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted,
free of charge. These items do not have to be related to
metal detecting. Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.
Thanks to the following contributors:
Linda Bennett, Stacey deLucia,
John Lobota, Jeff Foss and Jan Smirnow.
GAIL AND BETTY’S CORNER
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
One Troy Oz Silver Round – Ernie Bouyoucas
Ghost Town Book – Jerry Laur
Pouch and digger – Ken Lubinski
24 Pack AA Batteries – Paul Hamlin
9 Pack 9v Batteries – Linda Bennett
Foldable Magnifier – Stacey deLucia
Shadow Box – Karen Larson
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! Thank you for the following
donations: Ghost Town Book by Jan Smirnow,
digger in a pouch and magnifier by Linda Bennett,
Shadow box by Jim Sharp and batteries by Batteries
Plus of Lantana.
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
(Winners receive a silver half-dollar and certificate)
BEST GOLD – JASON PETENBRINK
GOLD DIAMOND RING (NO PICTURE)
BEST SILVER – NIKOLAY MALCHEV
MOST UNUSUAL – JASON PETENBRINK
Remember - bring a guest and you receive an extra door
prize ticket; display your monthly finds on the Tall Tales
Table and you receive a door prize ticket; provide
refreshments for the meeting and receive a door prize
ticket; volunteer to bring the mystery item and receive a
door prize ticket - that adds up to four free tickets for the
door prizes drawings!
What is a Mystery Item? Each month one club member
volunteers to help stump fellow members with a secret
item that he or she chooses. The volunteer receives a free
door prize ticket for that effort. If one of a member's
displayed finds on the Tall Tales Table matches the
mystery item, that member wins a silver half dollar, so
bring EVERYTHING you find and you might win a prize!
COSTUME JEWELRY-CHERYL PETENBRINK
BEST COIN – JOHN LOBOTA
Cheryl Petenbrink stumped the club with a small tin of
Vick’s vapor rub. Good job, Cheryl!
Remember - bring all items found. You never know what
will be that month's mystery item!
Cheryl Petenbrink won $29 for her share of the
IT PAYS TO PLAY, FOLKS!
And odds are a LOT better than the Florida Lottery!
BEST TOY- JASON PETENBRINK
AUGUST CLUB HUNT
Thirteen members participated in the club hunt held at
Carlin Park on August 12. It was a scorcher, temperature
wise, but the hunt and food made the event worth it.
Ken Lubinski did a great job with the hunt field and
prizes. Betty Laur cooked up fantastic barbeque and
brownies in addition to being the club photographer.
Jerry Laur did his usual great job as supervisor.
Prizes were awarded before refreshments.
Scratch off tickets:
Linda Bennett (who won $1)
Top three prizes-choose an envelope:
Richard Zabriskie - $20
Nikolay Malchev - Scratch off Lottery ticket
Bob Smirnow - $20
The hunt field had plenty of targets to dig. The heat
drove off most of the hunters after only 30 minutes, but
there were a few die-hard competitive hunters that lasted
Bob Smirnow choosing his prize envelope
Nikolay headed toward the water as the morning
ended. He must have been skunked, since nothing had
been posted on the forums by that evening.
Bob Smirnow (10)
Linda Bennett (9)
Nikolay Malchev (25)
Linda Bennett (23)
Linda Bennett (11)
Nikolay Malchev (10)
Nikolay Malchev, Richard Zabriskie, Linda Bennett
Linda Bennett (12)
Ben Smith (10)
Planted in the field were silver dimes, clad dollars,
nickels and pennies, Wheat pennies and various objects
worth prizes. A few pieces of costume jewelry also were
included. A total of 323 items were buried and only three
items were not found.
Nikolay Malchev (32)
Linda Bennett (18)
Photos by Betty Laur
GOOD WILL AMBASSADOR
Please remember those members who are not able to
metal detect – Don Caplinger, Irving Smith, James
Wilhelm, Dorothy Mills and Jerry Laur. Calls are
Our friend, James Wilhelm, is in Houston, Texas for
continued medical treatment. Hopefully he will be home
by mid September. Keep James in your prayers during this
time and send him a note, as he would love to hear from
you all. (James sends his thanks and misses us!)
Send mail to:
3000 Murworth Drive, Apt. 1809
Houston, TX 77025
Nikolay Malchev found and returned two lost items to
their rightful owners all in one day of hunting. He will be
recognized at the September meeting for his good deeds.
Below is what he posted on The Treasure Depot forum.
“Went to the local beach for short hunt. Jumped directly
into the water, where met with two other hunters. The
ocean was a little rough. After 30 min. in the water I found
2-3 coins. So I almost give up when this guy asked me if I
can help to find a lost earring. He showed me his wife and
told me that she lost her earring somewhere in the water.
So I said no problem and went to find it. And I did.”
Keep you eyes and ears open while detecting South
Beach, especially when it is dark. If you see anything
suspicious, call 911. Local police use ATV’s to patrol the
beach and they are there to assist us if needed.
Cheryl Petenbrink pins a flashing red light on her
back. This makes her visible to her hunting partners in the
dark. From the front, her headlight is visible.
TIPS FROM THE INTERNET
Posted by GuyInBack on TreasureNet forum
I really like this website. I can print out a graph for the
entire month which is very easy to read. I print different
ones depending on where I'm sailing to. Great, easy, and
best of all....FREE!
Search around the site and find the cool things you can
do and print.
“That wasn't everything. On the parking lot I found a cell
phone next to my car. I tried to call the last number but the
phone was disconnected. So I went home and called from
my home phone. It turned out that the phone belongs to a
guy from Ohio. He and his girlfriend are on vacation in
WPB. I tracked him down and returned the phone.
Hi was so happy because the phone turned out to be his
WAY TO GO, NIKOLAY!
Our program for the month of August was presented by
Eva Matthews, Naturalist of the Green Cay Nature
Center, located on Jog Road in Boynton Beach. Eva
explained how the land was originally farm land and sold
to Palm Beach County for one third of its’ value for
environmental development. The project was started in
August of 2004 and is 100 acres devoted primarily to
reclamation of waste water. It costs 16 million dollars and
reclaims water from 177 square miles, which at present
has 430,000 people. The water is partially treated and is
suitable for sprinkling lawns. At present, several golf
courses use the water at a considerable savings; they do
not need to fertilize. The center, which has raccoons,
birds of all kinds, six alligators and lots of butterflies, is a
great place for photographers. For info or tours call 561966-7000. A special program will be held on October 20th
about Migration – try to go, Eva promised it would be
Mitzi Bergrud read a letter that she recently received
from James Wilhelm, who is currently undergoing
treatment for Sarcoma Cancer in Houston, Texas. Even
though the treatments are really tough, James’ spirits are
high and he is looking forward to returning to us shortly.
All of us miss you James, we are praying for your
recovery and looking forward to your return home!
After the program, refreshments were served by Gail
Hoskins. Following the break, several members shared
stories about recent hunting experiences. Stacey deLucia,
who said her detecting was often interrupted by people
who want to talk was instructed by Jason Petenbrink to
keep her mouth closed and head down while hunting and
Nikolay Malchev expressed interest in Shark deterrents.
Only five members participated in the
July – August Scavenger hunt.
1st Place – Bob Smirnow – won a treasure chest with
$15 in quarters
2nd Place – Jan Smirnow – won a treasure chest
with $10 in quarters
3rd Place – Paul Hamlin – won a RJ Gators
Restaurant $10 Certificate
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Certificate presented for returning an item to its
Richard Zabriskie – Keys
We recognize members who go out of their way to provide
selfless service to our community. Kudos to you for
advancing our hobby by returning items to their owners!
August birthday celebrants Al Bergrud, Stacey
deLucia, Steve Hoskins and Jim Sharp received a silver
quarter for attending the meeting during their birthday
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Ernie Bouyoucas (9/25)
Robert Dobski (9/21)
Harry Fravert (9/10)
Sam Frost (9/13)
Jonathan Lobota (9/10)
Gary Spiroch (9/11)
What do the above people have in common? If they come
to the meeting during their birthday month, they each will
receive a gift of a silver quarter!
Thank you to Jon Consiglio of Batteries Plus for the
donation of a 12-pack of 9v batteries and a 24-pack of AA
batteries. Batteries Plus is located at 6250 Lantana Road,
Suite 1, behind Outback Restaurant.
The directory is for your personal use only. Names,
telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to be used
only for contact within the club. If there are any errors or
omissions, please notify Secretary Jan Smirnow, 561735-8921.
Glenn and Dixie Gamble
714 East 52nd Street
Hialeah, Fl 33013
Tel. No. 305-688-4492
New Cell Phone Directory
At the September meeting please sign up on the Cell
Phone Number List. The information is for the Club
Membership as well as the Board Members. If you do not
wish to let your cell phone number be known by all the
members, but only for the Board Members, please indicate
that on the circulating list.
EYEGLASSES, CELL PHONES AND
Club members are encouraged to bring in
prescription glasses and sunglasses, which will be
donated to underprivileged people suffering from vision
problems. Stacey collects these during our monthly
meetings so the club can donate them to the South Florida
Jan Smirnow is collecting cell phones and ink
cartridges. NOTE: All ink cartridges need to be kept
enclosed in plastic baggies so the cartridges do not dry
out. Donations can be placed in the box in the back of the
room. Help save our planet AND raise $ for GCTC!
ANOTHER AMBASSADOR OF GOOD WILL
Pauline Nash traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico in
August with her father. While hunting from 2 a.m. to 5
a.m.on a local beach, she found a working cell phone and
was able to return it to the owner. The rest of the story
will be told at the September club meeting.
UK Praises Metal Detectorists
By Frank W. Pandozzi
Exploring History’s Treasures TV Series
We live in the greatest country in the world. However,
we're behind the times and the proverbial eight-ball when
it comes to our rights as treasure hunters.
Every one who metal detects, treasure hunts, digs
bottles or picks up rocks should read this piece.
I also ask the Archaeological community in the US to
not only read this piece, but to also ask yourselves why
there is a working relationship with detectorists in the UK,
"Culture Secretary David Lammy of the UK has praised
the ‘responsible approach’ of amateur metal detectorists in
reporting finds. As reported in the BBC News. They were
the ‘unsung heroes of the UK's heritage.’” He reported.
In 2005/2006, there were 57,566 finds reported to the
government-funded Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)
compared with 39,933 in 2004/2005.
Speaking at the British Museum on Wednesday, he
said: "Thanks to the responsible approach they display in
reporting finds and the systems we have set up to record
them, more archaeological material is available for all to
It is through the work of metal detectorists that we are
encouraging the next generation to be interested in our
Frank W. Pandozzi, Executive Producer
Pauline returning a cell phone to its rightful owner.
Way to go Pauline!
DONATION THANK YOU
During dinner at the Park Ave. BBQ & Grille before
the August club meeting, Bob Weller stopped by to
donate five of his recent books, ink cartridges and reading
glasses. He said to say hello to everyone. Thank you Bob
for the donations. The five books donated were:
SALVAGING SPANISH SUNKEN TREASURE
FAMOUS SHIPWRECKS OF THE FLORIDA
TRUE STORIES OF SUNKEN TREASURE,
THE BEST OF BOB (FROGFOOT) WELLER
Experience + research = success
Errors in grammar and spelling are added for those who like to find them.
Linda Bennett newsletter co-editor
Helpful Tips from John Lobota
Cleaning Coins Part 1 - Copper or Bronze Coins, Buttons and Medals
This information is geared toward metal detector finds. Some of the coins we find while detecting can be so cruddy that
some form of cleaning is required. I am going to focus mainly on older coins that one would want to display or that have
some collectible or keepsake value. I will also test the methods I describe and show my results at coming meetings. Please
do the same and share any new cleaning methods with everyone.
First and foremost, don't clean a coin if you don't have to, especially if it is a valuable coin. Look it up in a coin guide or
check with a coin dealer if you are not sure. If you discover a valuable coin and it can be cleaned, let a professional do it.
The only coins I clean are those that would generate no interest or value unless cleaned. Those that would otherwise look
like a black or brown disk or have absolutely no eye appeal. If I can give an old coin some eye appeal, it then makes for
an interesting find that I can now display and viewers can identify and enjoy.
I will note the mildest methods for cleaning first and then follow with harsher methods for the toughest coin cleaning jobs.
1 - The safest way to clean mildly dirty copper or bronze coins is to wash with warm soapy water and rub gently. Note
that loose dirt or sand can scratch a coin. If more cleaning is necessary, then soak it in warm
soapy water several hours or more. It is always best to use distilled water in all coin cleaning processes.
2 - An even better way is to soak copper or bronze coins in olive oil for weeks or even months to soften grime and
corrosion. Then go back to method one for final cleaning. This way is preferred by professionals.
The following methods are harsher and can affect the surface of the coin, but may be necessary to get the results you want
without waiting months for olive oil to do its job.
3 - Toothpaste is a mild abrasive; use only your fingers to lightly rub the coin. Using a toothbrush might leave minute
4 - For heavily caked on dirt or corrosion a toothpick or dental tool can first be used to carefully break away debris. The
goal is to remove dirt without scratching the coin.
5 - A soft bristle toothbrush can be used with soap or any cleaner you are working with to get the desired results.
6 - Lemon juice or white vinegar or baking soda & vinegar will act chemically on the surface of the coin. Try each to see
which works best. Here you only soak the coin for a minute or less and rinsing thoroughly
with soapy water. Repeat as needed until coin is cleaned sufficiently.
7 - Baking soda in hot water: Take a heat-resistant glass container and fill it with about 2 inches of water in the bottom,
then put it into the microwave oven, or over the stove, and heat to a boil. Using a pencil or a wooden stick, place a precut
piece of tin foil at the bottom of the hot water container. Put in a couple of teaspoons of baking soda, and drop the coins
on the tin foil, paying attention that they don’t touch one to each other. The reaction starts with baking soda foaming and
frizzing, and the water color turns to light gray/brown. Let it set until solution is returned to room temp. Now you can take
off the coins and inspect them. If you are not satisfied with the result yet, repeat the cleaning in a fresh solution.
Next month I will cover another truly effective method of cleaning copper and bronze coins along with getting the desired
patina and color back to the coin.
Tip from Jeff Foss: How to Forward Emails
Do you really know how to forward e-mails? This was written by a system administrator for a corporate system.
It is an excellent message that ABSOLUTELY applies to ALL of us who send e-mails.
Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you and
sent it to you, namely their e-mail addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds
and builds. All it takes is for someone to get a virus, and his or her computer can send that virus to every e-mail address
that has come across their computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and send junk mail to them or sell them
to spammers in the hopes that you will go to the site and they will make five cents for each hit that they sell.
How do you stop it? Well, there are the easy steps:
(1) When you Forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top).
Highlight them and delete them or backspace them or cut them - whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a
second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first though and then you will have full editing capabilities for the body
and headers of the message.
(2) Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: columns for adding e-mail address.
Always use the BCC: (Blind Carbon Copy) column for listing the e-mail addresses.
This way the people you send to only see their own e-mail address and no one else's. If you don't see your BCC: option,
click on where it says To: and your address list will appear.. Highlight the address and choose BCC:
When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients" in the "TO:" field of the people
who receive it, providing extra security and privacy to all the people in your Address Book.
(3) Remove any "FW:" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even correct spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to
open 10 FW: pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual, final page you wish
someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent. (Many people will not open
all those emails for fear of getting a virus so your message may go unread.)
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to
forward it to a number of people or your entire Address Book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect
thousands of names and email addresses.
FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of
valid names and email addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter
to the intended recipient(s). Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and
email address on a petition - and, again, you will protect the privacy of those in your Address Book and provide
them additional security against viruses and spammers.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses by working together and respecting the privacy and
security of one another.